R' Shmuel "Shmeilke" Zak (Zera Kodesh)

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Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Zak (Zera Kodesh)

Hebrew: הרב שמואל שמלקה ז"ק
Also Known As: "שמלקה"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
Death: 1687 (63-71)
Ostroh, Rivnens'ka oblast, Ukraine
Place of Burial: Ostroh, Rivnens'ka oblast, Ukraine
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Meir Meir Zak (Zera Kodesh) and Rebz. Mrs. Meir Mrs. Meir Zak
Husband of Mrs. R'Shmuel Zak [of Ostroh]
Father of Leah Katz Rapaport [of Lvov]; Esther Sheindel Katz; Meir Zak (Zera Kodesh); Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac, RABD of Premyszl; Rabbi Naftali Hertz Zak and 2 others
Brother of Rabbi Abraham Zak, ABD Bar; Rabbi Abraham Zak, HaKatzin; Rabbi Mordechai Zak, ABD Berzhan; Rabbi Simcha Benyamin Bunim Zak (Zera Kodesh); Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Zak, ABD Tulchin and 2 others

Occupation: Chief Rabbi of Ostrog
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About R' Shmuel "Shmeilke" Zak (Zera Kodesh)

He was named after his maternal ancestor Samuel Leib Shmelkes-Reich. He studied in his father's yeshiva in Lvov and became a learned Talmudist. Rabbis all over Poland respected R’ Shmelke. The Meginei Shlomo was a great admirer and called him “The Amud HaYemini and Ner Yisrael of the Generation.”

During the 1650s, Rabbi Shmelke assumed the rabbinate in Ostrog where his paternal grandfather had originally been rabbi. He headed the local yeshiva there and rebuilt at his own expense the local shul that had been destroyed by the Cossacks in 1648. The shul was named after him in his honor and served the Jewish community faithfully until 1889.

Rabbi Shmelke was succeeded as Chief Rabbi by his son-in-law the Semichas Chachamim. ________________________________________

According to the introduction in the SMICHAT CHACHAMIM he was niftar on tuesday, י ניסן תמ"ז. This date fell on monday so there is a discrepancy.


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About R' Shmuel "Shmeilke" Zak (Zera Kodesh) (עברית)

הג"ר שמואל שמעלקא ז"ק, אב"ד אוסטראה

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R' Shmuel "Shmeilke" Zak (Zera Kodesh)'s Timeline

1620
1620
Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
1640
1640
Age 20
1652
1652
Age 32
זלינסקי רפובליקה הצ'כית
1687
1687
Age 67
Ostroh, Rivnens'ka oblast, Ukraine
1687
Age 67
Ostroh, Rivnens'ka oblast, Ukraine
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